Srinagar, Jan 8: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Friday extended the ban on high-speed 4G internet services till 6 February, except in Ganderbal and Udhampur districts. Last month, the administration had extended the ban till 22 January.
An order issued by the Jammu and Kashmir administration on Friday stated that the ban on 4G internet services in the Union Territory (UT) has been extended till 6 February, except Udhampur and Ganderbal districts. Earlier, the ban on 4G services was imposed till January 22 by the administration.
The government has maintained that these security measures such as the internet ban were necessary to better integrate the region with India, foster greater economic development and stop threats from “anti-national elements” and Pakistan.
It’s pertinent to mention that Private Schools Association of Jammu and Kashmir (PSAJK) has filed a writ petition before the Supreme Court seeking restoration of 4G mobile internet services.
Mobile internet services had been suspended in Jammu and Kashmir since August 5, 2019 due to security reasons when the central government had abrogated Article 370 and Article 35A and J-K transitioned from a state into a UT on October 31, 2019.
The ban on high-speed internet services has resulted in hardships among the students, traders, hoteliers, and other sections of society.